Students ‘offered cash for photos of ‘Jihadi John’ Halloween costumes’

Pupil reporters say they have been presented thousands of lbs to get and offer photographs of students dressed up as “Jihadi John” or the murdered Uk hostage Alan Henning for Halloween.

They claim they were also advised that if they could get pictures of students dressed as Ebola victims or in other controversial outfits, these could make a front-page story.

Pupil newspapers that had been contacted include the University of Manchester’s Mancunian, Bath student newspaper Bath Affect, and Leeds University’s The Gryphon.

It is not clear regardless of whether the female was acting with the understanding or authority of the Sun. News worldwide have been contacted by the Guardian for comment.

Gráinne Morrison, one of the editors at the Mancunion, says: “Our editor-in-chief was phoned by a reporter claiming to be from the Sun, who offered him thousands of pounds if he could find a image of a pupil dressed up as both “Jihadi John”, a title provided to a British member of Isis mentioned to be behind several beheading incidents this yr, or Alan Henning, the Salford resident who was killed by Isis at the beginning of October.

“They implied that if we could make that take place, they would reward us and if we desired to go even further, there would be even far more reward.

“We felt that it was really surprising and we had to compose some thing about it, simply because naturally we weren’t going to locate them a image.”

Morrison says she and other students at her paper had been notably offended simply because Alan Henning was from Better Manchester and his death had been surprising to the pupil local community there.

She says: “We felt that they had been making an attempt to misrepresent college students, by striving to get us to send some thing that would not only make college students look negative but that would also be completely insensitive, specifically for Manchester students. Manchester students have been extremely affected by Alan Henning’s execution.”

Joel Smith, pursuits officer at Manchester student union, informed the Mancunion: “We strongly condemn this journalistic technique which sought to harm the integrity of each our union and the Mancunion.

“The reputational harm to any personal who does end up on the cover of [a paper] could really impact them, and the paper is exhibiting blatant disregard for this.”

Ben Butcher, a reporter at Bath Affect who was also contacted, says: “A girl claiming to be from the Sun phoned on Wednesday afternoon to request if we have been arranging on sending any photographers out to cover Halloween events.

“We had been told that images of ‘Jihadi Johns’ would be a front-webpage story, but Ebola victims would also be good.

“They explained a considerable fiscal reward would be supplied. They wanted to portray all college students as stupid – based on the actions of a few. We wouldn’t want to promote out the complete pupil body like that.”

Last yr the Sun published images of two University of Chester students who won a nightclub’s Halloween fancy-dress competition sporting costumes depicting the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. The pair have been later on forced to apologise.

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